Uganda’s oldest public university, Makerere University, has been ranked fifth among the top universities in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to the inaugural Sub-Saharan Africa University Rankings by Times Higher Education (THE).
The University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, secures the top spot in THE’s rankings, followed by the University of Johannesburg in second place. The Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Tanzania claims the third position, while the University of Pretoria ranks fourth.
The Sub-Saharan Africa University Rankings, developed in collaboration with the Mastercard Foundation, assess 88 universities from 17 countries in the region. These rankings consider a comprehensive range of performance indicators across five pillars: ‘access and fairness,’ ‘Africa impact,’ ‘teaching skills,’ ‘student engagement,’ and ‘resources and finance.’ The aim is to showcase the region’s strongest universities.
Phil Baty, Chief Global Affairs Officer at Times Higher Education, emphasizes the significance of these rankings as they shed light on the exemplary universities in Sub-Saharan Africa. The rankings provide valuable insights into the universities’ performance and contributions within the region.
Last month, Makerere University maintained its position among the top 1000 universities in the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR). Notably, Makerere University secured the 950th position, surpassing all other universities in East and Central Africa.